This Coconut Candy Balls is probably the shortest recipe, I will ever share. It’s only two ingredients, yep two how simple is that. Like most of the recipes I share it’s pretty easy to make with the exception of the temperamental sugar melting process. It’s a candy I grew up eating, my parents use to buy it for us from the street vendors, and we weren’t allow to have more than two or three at the most. It’s a popular sweet in Africa, Pacific and some Asian countries. I know its big in Liberia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Guam.
I wanted to share the same memory with my kids, so I decided to create a lazy version of the recipe. I said lazy because the street vendor uses real coconut and not the prepacked ones. Anyway, back to the recipe – I am not crazy about melting sugar it takes some sort of patience that I just don’t have, so this little number was a hard one for me to accomplish but it’s not because the recipe itself was hard it’s me, all me. Another issue I had was coming up with an appropriate name for this sweet ball of candy gooeyness. I was debating calling it caramelized coconut candy balls, then I thought how about candied coconut balls but that just sounded weird, however the familiarity of the name coconut candy balls feels more appropriate. Yes, I understand it’s not your typical coconut candy ball but heck it’s all I got.
Coconut Candy Balls
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Cups Coconut Flakes (I used Sweetened)
- Using a heavy-bottom sauce pan, melt the sugar on medium high heat until it's light brown - being careful not to burn it.
- Stir in coconut flakes until they are all cover in the melted sugar.
- Let it cool for a few minutes then scoop out and roll into a ball, it will be sticky so dip your hands in cold water to help make it easier. Another option is to scoop it into parchment paper and roll it into a ball either option works.
- Serve warm for a chewy coconut candy or cold for a hard candy.
That’s it. Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. Hope you enjoy it and please come back with feedback – positive or negative – I am a big girl, I can handle it.